Alpha Crush Response to COVID-19

On 5/29/2020, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
On 4/30/2020, State of Georgia Executive Order by the Governor:

We are currently following the State of Georgia Executive Order by the Governor that extends the Public Health State of Emergency through June 12, 2020, midnight. For details, see this link

We encourage athletes to run 3-4 days a week on their own until we can get together again as a group.

On 4/23/2020, USATF Georgia Youth Athletics Chair states:

As you know, we have received news of the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the cancellation of the 2020 USATF Hershey Junior Olympics, the USATF U20 Championships, and the USATF Youth Outdoor Championships. With consideration for our USATF and state recommendations and guideline, USATF Georgia will be cancelling our USATF Georgia Junior Olympic Championships and progression meets. This includes our Preliminary meets scheduled for June 6th, our Association Championships schedule for June 18th through 21st, and the Region 4 Championships scheduled for July 9th through the 12th.

However, the Youth Committee and I will be monitoring the situation as time progresses on the status of the pandemic and venue availability throughout the state of Georgia. If the opportunity is presented to us where the health of our society and the guidance of health officials permits us to have competitions safely without putting our members and the public in harm’s way, we will explore the possibility of hosting competitions. However, they will not be under the branding of Junior Olympics, as our national office has mandated.

As of April 13th, 2020 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships FAQ's

Why was the 2020 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships cancelled?
  • Based upon the current State of Florida COVID-19 mandates, the University of North Florida has notified USATF that the venue will not be available for the hosting of the Event. In addition, USATF is committed to the safety and welfare of our constituency and will follow all State and Local government mandates.
Does the cancellation of the Junior Olympic National Championship affect the Association and Region JO Qualifiers?
  • Yes, those meets are cancelled as recommended by the Youth Executive Committee.
Will the cancellation of the JO’s change if there is a change in the COVID-19 status?
  • No
Where will the 2021 USATF JO’s be hosted?
  • The location of the 2021 JO’s has not been determined to date.
Are there any plans in 2020 to create another National event to replace the JO’s?
  • There are no definitive plans for a 2020 National event.  The USATF National Office in conjunction with the USATF Youth Committee will discuss exploring possible 2020 options.
Has a decision been made on the hosting of the 2020 USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships?
  • The Youth Executive Committee recommended cancellation to the Board and to the National Office. The recommendation was accepted.
How will USATF handle Sanction requests from Associations or individuals that may opt to host a Youth track & field event once the facilities become available again?
  • USATF will continue to process Sanctions accordingly under the same policies and procedures. USATF continues to advise that all Local/State mandates be adhered to when considering hosting an event during the Summer 2020 season.
As of April 6th, 2020 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships cancelled

The 2020 USATF Hershey National Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships to be held in Jacksonville, Florida July 27-August 2 have been cancelled, USATF announced today.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the University of North Florida and its local health authorities have closed its campus through at least July 30.

USATF, in conjunction with the youth committee, is exploring possible alternate contingencies for the Junior Olympic athletes once the crisis allows track facilities to open.

As of April 5th, Track 2020 is cancelled
We have decided to cancel the remainder of the track season. The social distancing guidelines continue to prevent us from gathering to practice and the closure of school facilities prevent us from participating in track meets hosted at a school track.

The fate of USATF Junior Olympic competition in June has still not been decided.  From the national web site:
  • USATF COVID-19 Working Group Recommendations and Guidance - "Suspend all USATF Championship events and all USATF sanctioned events indefinitely."
  • "For USATF sanctioned events which are trying to determine whether to hold, postpone, or cancel their event, the Local Organizing Committee or event leadership should remain in close contact with the local Department of Health for guidance on whether the event should take place and under what restrictions."

As of March 15th, Track 2020 is suspended until further notice

Alpha Crush Running Club is suspending all activities for the remainder of March out of an abundance of caution due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • In April we will provide further information after monitoring ongoing guidance from USATF and local health authorities.
  • If you prefer a refund at this time reply via email and we will process your refund (less online registration credit card processing fees and the cost of the team t-shirt, if received.) 
  • We encourage all athletes to continue to get out and run 3-4 times a week.
  • School property and school facilities are closed and off limits at this time. Please refrain from using these facilities.
  • Thank you for your support and stay tuned for an update.
State of Georgia - Governor Kemp's Executive Orders
  • 3/26/2020 -  Closing public elementary and secondary schools through April 24, 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19 [link]
  • 2020 Executive Orders [link]
Alpharetta Closes Most Parks [but] Paths and Greenway to Remain Open
Released March 23, 2020 11:58 PM (basically, Monday, midnight)
  • As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Alpharetta has enacted an emergency ordinance temporarily closing most City parks and park facilities.  
  • All City park facilities, buildings, offices, fields, courts, pavilions, playgrounds, the Town Green, and restrooms are closed for 30 days.
  • Trails, paths, and the Big Creek Greenway will remain open under the action; however, individuals using them cannot gather in groups of ten or more.  The emergency ordinance also requires everyone to maintain social distancing of at least six feet unless the individuals live in the same home.
  • The emergency ordinance is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 30 days unless repealed or extended by the Alpharetta City Council.
  • City staff will begin placing barricades at the entrances to the parking areas at most City parks to aid in enacting the emergency ordinance.
  • See link to article and link to department of public safety blog post.
Georgia High School Association (GHSA)